The White Camellia and A Hundred Tiny Threads allow you to immerse yourself in a fictionalised account of the time, while Stranger Within the Gates, written at the time itself, gives a fascinating flavour of the thinking during one of history's greatest social movements.
THE WHITE CAMELLIA by Juliet Greenwood
1909. Cornwall. Her family ruined, Bea is forced to leave Tressillion House, and self-made business woman Sybil moves in. Owning Tressillion is Sybil’s triumph – but now what? As the house casts its spell over her, as she starts to make friends in the village despite herself, will Sybil be able to build a new life here, or will hatred always rule her heart?
Bea finds herself in London, responsible for her mother and sister’s security. Her only hope is to marry Jonathon, the new heir. Desperate for options, she stumbles into the White Camellia tearoom, a gathering place for the growing suffrage movement. For Bea it’s life-changing, can she pursue her ambition if it will heap further scandal on the family? Will she risk arrest or worse?
When those very dangers send Bea and her White Camellia friends back to Cornwall, the two women must finally confront each other and Tressillion’s long buried secrets.
"The White Camellia is a moving story, portraying the lives of ordinary women who take huge risks in standing up for themselves and fighting for justice... full of suspense, mystery and engaging characters, with a small portion of romance and plenty of drama." Rachel Carney, Created To Read
STRANGER WITHIN THE GATES by Bertha Thomas
Edited by Kirsti Bohata
Bertha Thomas (1845-1918) was a popular writer in her lifetime, publishing on both sides of the Atlantic. This is a collection of witty, sharply observed short stories written at a time of great social change, when the fundamental rights of women were being questioned. Bertha Thomas deftly sketches her characters with a keen eye for satirical detail. Her stories are by turns Gothic, romantic,
funny and fantastic but always engagingly written.
Most of the stories in this collection first appeared at the beginning of the twentieth century but this volume also includes some earlier fiction and an important pro-suffrage article from 1874.
A HUNDRED TINY THREADS By Judith Barrow
It takes more than just love to make a marriage...
It's 1911 and Winifred Duffy is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer's shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother.
The scars of Bill Howarth's troubled childhood linger. The only light in his life comes from a chance encounter with Winifred, the girl he determines to make his wife.
Meeting her friend Honora's silver-tongued brother turns Winifred's heart upside down. But Honora and Conal disappear, after a suffrage rally turns into a riot, and abandoned Winifred has nowhere to turn but home.
The Great War intervenes, sending Bill abroad to be hardened in a furnace of carnage and loss. When he returns his dream is still of Winifred and the life they might have had... Back in Lancashire, worn down by work and the barbed comments of narrow-minded townsfolk, Winifred faces difficult choices in love and life.
"From the very first page, A Hundred Tiny Threads sweeps the reader up and transports them back to 1911... totally absorbing." It's all about the books